My Town: Polish Village Preps for Paczki Day

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — The age-old Lenten tradition of Paczki Day will once again be held in Slavic Village on Fat Tuesday.

Polish Village Cuisine, 6301 Fleet Ave., is busy preparing for the event, according to a release from city Councilman Anthony Brancatelli.

Polish Village will feature a variety of paczki. Fillings will include traditional plum and rosehips, as well as custard, apricot, strawberry, poppyseed and lemon.

Paczki is a tradition since the Middle Ages in Poland, where it’s been the week before Lent to use up all the lard, sugar, eggs and fruit. The foods are not to be consumed during lent due to Catholic fasting practices, the release states.

Paczki is described as a donut: a deep-fried dough shaped into a flattened sphere with filling.

Polish Village also offers traditional Polish foods like pierogis, kielbasa, potato pancakes, cabbage and noodles for carry out.

In celebration of Paczki Day, Polish Village Cuisine will open at 5 a.m. on Tuesday.